Stoke City will join Manchester United and Manchester City in the last 32 of the Europa League, with the draw taking place on Friday for the knockout stage. However, it is still to be confirmed whether the Potters will be seeded or unseeded.
While Tony Pulis would clearly have taken second place in Group E before a ball was kicked, his team are two clear at the top and need a draw in Turkey to ensure they play a second leg at home next February.
Most of the team that beat Tottenham 2-1 on Sunday have been left behind for this encounter, although we can still expect a spirited Stoke performance, with the Staffordshire team having beaten Besiktas 2-1 at the Britannia in September.
They are available at 5/2 (Betfred – £25 free bets) to claim the point they require and it will surely be a case of battening down the hatches and making life hard for the home team. A surprise away win is on offer at 7/2 (bet365 – £200 free betting) and it was something that City managed away to Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Even so, the home side will fancy their chances of claiming victory after a closely-fought reverse fixture, while they have won both of their other home games including a 5-1 win over Tel Aviv. Every bookmaker is quoting odds-on about Besiktas who beat Dynamo Kiev by single goal.
Therefore, another 1-0 could be on the cards in a match where Stoke won’t be too ambitious and this outcome can be backed at 11/2.